March 21st, 2023
VITTORE CARPACCIO’S EXHIBIT
We are pleased to present the “Vittore Carpaccio, Paintings and Drawings” exhibition in collaboration with the Washington National Gallery of Art under the direction of Peter Humfrey with Andrea Bellieni and Gretchen Hirschauer.
The exhibit explores the evolution of Carpaccio’s artistic and creative path from his debut in the 1480s through the early 16th century in the heydays of Venice as a leading maritime power.
As we go through the rooms, each painting informs us about diverse aspects of the Venetian civilization: the unique early Renaissance architecture, the city on water and the regional rolling landscapes, the variety of human types, and their outfits. Everything is described with great accuracy and realism, with no difference between the foreground and the background.
Characters are represented with extreme sensitivity and finesse, gestures are elegant and help the visitor understand what the scene is about. The colors are bright and perfectly balanced to harmonize the overall view with a number of details in the picture.
This visual richness draws the attention of the viewer, who follows with no effort the narrative of a distinguished 15th-century storyteller.
Over the decades, Carpaccio was an updated artist, aware of the way pictorial tradition could merge with the latest trends in art. The technical innovations of Flemish art, the perspective effects of Antonello da Messina, and Giovanni Bellini’s soft hues were interpreted in a very personal style highly esteemed by both public and private donors. They asked for a narrative painter able to express moral and spiritual meanings, episodes from the lives of the most popular Saints, and inspiring examples from Greek mythology.
His reputation and popularity were increased by the cycles of paintings commissioned by Venetian mutual aid associations and the brotherhood of immigrants from Albania in the early 16th century.
This last was dedicated to the Vergin Mary and was dispersed all over northern Italy after the fall of the Republic in 1797. For the first time in Venice, the six canvases are on display in the exhibit, together with 42 paintings and 28 original drawings, including preparatory studies and sketches for the final works.
The celebrated cycle of “teleri” -large pictorial works- painted for the Scuola degli Schiavoni is still on display in the original site and represents one of the highest achievements in Carpaccio’s career.
An unmissable opportunity to discover Venice through the eyes and the fascinating images of an extraordinary witness of his time!
From March 18th to June 18th, 2023
Venice, Doge’s Palace
March 18th – March 31st h.9 am- 6 pm (last admission h.5 pm)
April 1st – June 18th h.9 am- 7 pm (last admission h.6 pm)